About RiverCulture

RiverCulture is a partnership of leaders from the arts and business communities, committed to enhancing the creative economy of  Montague, Massachusetts. RiverCulture is the proud recipient of the 2011-12 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Creative Community. Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the award shines a spotlight on the extraordinary contribution that art and culture makes to education, economic vitality, and quality of life across the state.

Our Mission

  • Enhance Quality of Life;
  • Work with a diverse group of community, municipal, educational and business leaders to foster the creative economy of Montague;
  • Establish art and culture as a visible element of our identity;
  • Establish an environment that attracts new businesses, residents and visitors;
  • Develop live-work, retail and studio space throughout Montague.

Our Work

  • Host and promote cultural events;
  • Spearhead cooperative marketing efforts;
  • Function as a central resource of information about art and recreation in Montague;
  • Convene partners around shared projects, ideas and goals;
  • Providing coordination of the Turners Falls Cultural District;
  • Participate in the town’s economic development initiatives;
  • Analyze the impacts of cultural activity in our community.

Funding and Oversite

RiverCulture was founded as “Turners Falls RiverCulture” in 2006 with a Mass Cultural Council Adams Grant. In 2018, RiverCulture became a municipal program and expanded its mission to all five villages of Montague: Millers Falls, Montague Center, Montage City, Lake Pleasant and Turners Falls. Funding for RiverCulture comes from business sponsors, grants, and in-kind donations. Appointed by the Montague Select Board, The RiverCulture Steering Committee provides oversite of the program.